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Oil-Free Salad Dressing (3-Ingredients)

If you’ve been looking for an easy vegan dressing that can be whipped up in about 2-minutes flat, we’ve got you covered. This Oil-Free Salad Dressing is fabulous on more than salads too.

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This plant-based oil-free salad dressing is great on pasta and bean salads, as well as regular garden salads. With only three ingredients required, it’s likely you’ve already got everything needed on hand.

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You’re going to love this healthy oil-free salad dressing because it’s…

  • Super easy
  • Only 3 ingredients
  • Easily customizable
  • Healthy
  • Light
  • Delicious

Ingredients you’ll need

balsamic vinegar, dijion mustard, and maple syrup in white bowls with whisk

How to make oil-free salad dressing

This is the easiest salad dressing you’ll ever make. Simply add the ingredients to a bowl and whisk together well. Pour over any garden, pasta, or bean salad you desire to add a burst of flavor.

Store any leftover dressing in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 7-days.

Pro tips & substitutions

  • These ingredients can be switched out with other variations if desired. For instance, though the recipe calls for balsamic vinegar, other vinegar such as pomegranate, red wine, as well as others can be substituted.
  • The same goes for the mustard. I personally like Dijon in this dressing, but brown spicy, yellow, and others would likely be delicious too.
  • If maple syrup isn’t a favorite for you, try agave, brown rice syrup, or another sweetener of your choice.
  • Another 3-ingredient oil-free salad dressing that I love is this 5-Minute Tangy Vinegar Dressing that is actually from my favorite Thai restaurant where they use it as a dipping sauce for their fresh garden spring rolls.
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Esselstyn 3-2-1 Dressing was created by a chef named Jane Esselstyn. She is the daughter of Dr. B. Caldwell Esselstyn Jr., M.D., author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease.

*Originally published October 2018.

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Oil-Free Salad Dressing | Esselstyn 3-2-1

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes

This recipe is great on pasta and bean salads, as well as regular garden salads. With only three ingredients required, it's likely you've already got everything needed on-hand.



  1. Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl, or shake up in a jar. 
  2. Pour over garden salad, bean salad, or pasta salad.
  3. Store leftover dressing in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 7-days.


Detailed instructions, in-process photos, and my personal helpful tips can be found in the article above.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 56Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gSodium: 412mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 1gSugar: 10gProtein: 1g

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Monday 17th of May 2021

I clicked on the Healthy Salad Dressings picture as instructed but only got another picture, no recipes. Love your recipes btw


Monday 17th of May 2021

@Terri Edwards, Thank you, that fixed it!

Terri Edwards

Monday 17th of May 2021

Hi Karen- So sorry about that, and thanks for letting me know. Try it now and see if it works for you.

Karla A Strauss

Saturday 20th of March 2021

This dressing is amazing, I have been making it for a couple years now, everyone that tries it loves it! Sometimes I add different spices to it, it's always fantastic!


Monday 21st of September 2020

I made the dressing for a 2nd time - each time I tripled the recipe as I’m a salad eater extraordinaire! Easy. Delish. Five star.


Wednesday 26th of August 2020

This blew my mind and my taste buds. So very yummy! I made a side salad with a Quinoa and mushroom bake. The dressing seeped into the quinoa and oh my goodness was that good. I will be pouring the dressing over quinoa now too. Thank you!

Terri Edwards

Wednesday 26th of August 2020

Hi Kristi- Oh my, that sounds divine! This dressing is perfectly paired with quinoa. What a great accidental discovery. :D


Tuesday 4th of August 2020

I love it, it's super easy and tasty. For how long can i store it?

Terri Edwards

Tuesday 4th of August 2020

Hi Sara- So glad that you like it! It should keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for at least 7-10 days.

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